This is a normal case.and i bought this computer mainly for using it as my home recording studio,but i couldnt resist using it for internet and now i want to also play games on it.i bought a 20$ war game and it looks slighty choppy.i plan on playing games on it maybe 10 hrs a week tops..
i am using a 17inch westinghouse lcd and maybe in a few months i will start using a 42 inch lcdtv..
so i kind of want something that will be equally as great on both screens if possible.
thanks guys you are both real helpful.ive spent hours looking online and i havent been able to get nowhere until i found this board
Given how small your display is you will be ehavily CPU limited as coozie has stated. No need to get something as powerful as a 4870 until you use a bigger display. The CPU will hold you back, and even with a fine CPU a 4850 would be the most you'd ever need for that resolution.
The CPU is not as much a factor if your TV is 1080P, while a 4850 would be sufficient still. you would notice the upgrade to a 4870 at that point.
Regardless of a "bottleneck" you wil still get mroe performance out of a 4870 when comapred to slower cards.. it just would be of questionable value for your money. As you increase the reolution it becomes less of an issue.
I have a couple of the HIS cards; a 4850 and a 4670. The IceQ4 cooler is very effective and very quiet.
Antec is a solid PSU brand, but I'd look at an Earthwatts over a BP for higher quality and better efficiency.
Mechanically, yes, the motherboard connectors can be tight risking damage if you are a little clumsy and some wires may be difficult to reach or require the removal of the CPU cooler or cooler ducting.
Take it slowly and carefully and you will be fine.
It is not possible to put the wrong connectors into the wrong sockets.
All power supplies provide standard voltages, so there's no risk of electrical damage either.